Modern Sculpture - Exploring Form and Material

Sunday Lectures at the Gallery Part 3 with Dr. Daniel Mato | Modern Sculpture - Exploring Form and Material | April 2, 2017 | 2-4 PM.

Sculpture is as old as human creativity harbouring the impulse to give form to thought. Modernism in sculpture emerging in the early 20th century with Rodin, Degas and Matisse used the human figure as a point of departure rather than an end developing expressive and increasingly abstract forms. In the years prior to the First World War sculptors sought the freedom of avant garde painters, quickly absorbing their ideas of representation not based upon an objective reality. As Picasso fragmented reality with Cubism and nailed his constructed sculptures together, sculptors exploited this newfound freedom to explore the relationship between form and space, ultimately achieving abstraction in the work of Brancusi, Lipchitz and Archipenko. Subject matter in sculpture became arbitrary with the emergence of Dada during the chaos of the First World War when the very idea of art was challenged by Duchamp’s ‘Ready-Mades’. No longer bound to carve from stone or cast in bronze, new materials gave sculptors options and encouraged experiments in shape, size and scale seen in the 1940s through the 1970s. Movement challenged the static history of sculpture while sculptors welded industrial steel in monumental scale. With new materials, techniques and outlooks modernist sculptors challenged the very idea of what sculpture should be in an ongoing dialogue of form and space.

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